Hiding Behind The Internet. Someone said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." They were wrong! Words do hurt. Whoever is writing these things is attempting to hurt others. The Bible says. "If you have an ought with your brother, go to him (Matt. 5:23)." This verse, of course, assumes that both parties are brothers in Christ, and the prayer offered will not be acceptable until you have gone to your brother. Now, I never assume anyone is a “believer.” But just in case, here is something else to think about. Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” Again, the assumption is the offending party as well as the offender are both Christians. My heart really goes out to whoever this is. They were hurt by someone who claimed to be a Christian and may not have been, and have resolved to try to hurt every Christian leader because of their pain. Know that God has not changed his standard on sin; whether it is done by a “Believer or nonbeliever.” Your attempt to defame God’s people only puts you in the place of judge. I’m not opposed to calling a spade a spade. You, however, are hurt and hurting people hurt. What you need is to experience the love of Jesus. When that happens, you will spend less time critiquing others and spend more time thanking God that you are not what you used to be. By the way, the standard has never been the Christian leader. Certainly we should expect our leaders to exemplify Christ likeness, but they have never been the standard. Christ is the standard. How are you measuring up to Him? Humbling isn’t it? Everyone of us will have to stand before God and give an account for what we have done! What brother so and so did or did not do will not suffice when God asks you about your life stewardship. Stop sneaking in churches and smiling and looking for something negative to spew. Perhaps if you went to hear from God, you might just hear Him. I have been going to church for a long time and it’s not difficult to find something to complain about. I have learned that church is not about me. The church is made up of messed up people who are in the process on being transformed (sanctification). You don’t know what’s taking place below the surface. The Holy Spirit will deal with those who have misrepresented Him. God does not need your help to do His job. Lastly, Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Yep, He died with you in mind. He was buried with you in mind and He was raised from the dead with you in mind. Will you place your trust in Him alone for salvation? What will you do with Jesus? Now, you are accountable for what you know. Using others as an excuse to be ugly will not hold any weight when you stand before a holy God and he asks you, “Did you build up the kingdom of God or tear it down.” Come out of the darkness and be healed.
March 16, 2010 at 12:16 a.m.
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